High seas forecast

Issued by the Met Office at

For the period until

General synopsis

At 060000UTC, low 68 north 02 east 959 expected 68 north 11 east 970 by 070000UTC. Low 52 north 50 west 983 expected 59 north 40 west 975 by same time. New high expected 65 north 45 west 1006 by that time

Area forecasts for the next 24 hours

Sole

Westerly 5 or 6, decreasing 3 or 4 later. Very rough becoming rough. Occasional drizzle. Good, occasionally moderate.

Shannon

West backing southwest later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 at times later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain, becoming fair for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Rockall

West backing southwest later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first, decreasing 4 at times later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain, becoming fair for a time. Good, occasionally moderate.

Bailey

Variable 3 or less at first in north, otherwise westerly veering northwesterly, then becoming cyclonic later, 3 to 5, occasionally 6 at first. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Good, occasionally moderate.

Faeroes

Northerly or northwesterly, veering easterly later in west, 4 to 6. Rough or very rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

Southeast Iceland

Northerly or northwesterly, veering easterly later in west, 4 to 6. Rough or very rough. Wintry showers. Good, occasionally poor.

East Northern Section

In north

Northerly or northwesterly 3 to 5, becoming variable 2 to 4, then becoming easterly or southeasterly 5 to 7 later, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough. Wintry showers at first in north, rain later in south. Moderate or good, occasionally poor later in south.

In south

Northwesterly 6 to gale 8, becoming cyclonic 4 to 6, then becoming southerly or southwesterly 6 to gale 8 later. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain or drizzle. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

West Northern Section

In north

Cyclonic 3 to 5, becoming easterly or northeasterly 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 or severe gale 9 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough later. Wintry showers, but occasional rain in far south. Good, occasionally poor.

In south

Cyclonic 4 to 6, increasing 7 or gale 8 for a time in west, then becoming westerly 5 to 7 later, increasing gale 8 later in south. Rough or very rough. Rain or showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.

East Central Section

Westerly or southwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in north. Rough or very rough. Showers at first in east, otherwise rain and fog patches spreading east. Moderate or good, occasionally very poor.

West Central Section

Southwesterly veering westerly later, 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 later in north and west. Rough or very rough. Occasional rain or drizzle and fog patches, wintry showers later in west. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor.

Denmark Strait

Variable 3 or less at first within 50 miles of ice edge, otherwise easterly or northeasterly 4 to 6, increasing 7 to gale 8 later. Moderate or rough, occasionally very rough at first in far east. Occasional snow. Good, occasionally poor. Occasional light icing near ice edge with temperatures ms02 to ms04.

North Iceland

Northerly or northwesterly 6 to gale 8. Rough or very rough. Occasional sleet or snow. Moderate or poor, occasionally very poor. Light or moderate icing north of 68 north with temperatures ms02 to ms05, occasionally severe icing near ice edge with temperatures ms04 to ms08.

Norwegian Basin

Westerly veering northwesterly 5 to 7, occasionally gale 8 at first in northeast. Rough or very rough, occasionally high at first in far north. Wintry showers. Moderate or good.

Outlook for following 24 hours

Storms expected in Shannon, Rockall, Faeroes, Southeast Iceland, both northern sections and both central sections. Gales or severe gales expected in all other areas.

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